Originally published in 1964, One-Dimensional Man quickly became one of the most important texts in the ensuing decade of radical political change.
Published in 1964, it fast became an ideological bible for the emergent New Left. It expressed the hopes of a radical philosopher that human freedom and happiness could be greatly expanded beyond the regimented thought and behaviour prevalent in established society. For those who held the reigns of power Marcuse's call to arms threatened civilization to its very core. For many others however, it represented a freedom hitherto unimaginable.